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Cranberry Cake with Tangerine Frosting Recipe

Cranberry Cake with Tangerine Frosting Recipe

This cake is tart and sweet and festive all at once. —Sandy Gaulitz, Spring, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling YIELD:16 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups plus 2 tablespoons cake flour, divided
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tangerine or orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated tangerine or orange peel
  • Optional toppings: sugared cranberries, candied tangerine or orange slices and red sprinkles


  • 1. Line the bottoms of two greased 8-in. square or 9-in. round baking pans with parchment paper; grease paper. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Beat in vanilla.
  • 2. In another bowl, mix 4 cups flour, baking powder and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. In a large bowl, toss cranberries with remaining flour; fold into batter.
  • 3. Transfer to prepared pans. Bake at 400° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks; remove parchment paper. Cool completely.
  • 4. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Gradually beat in the confectioners' sugar, tangerine juice and peel. Spread between cake layers and over top and sides of cake. Refrigerate, covered, until serving.
  • 5. If desired, top with sugared cranberries, candied tangerines and sprinkles. Yield: 16 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe does not use eggs.

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Reviewed Dec. 18, 2013

"my daughter made this for my birthday! It is fantastic... sweet and tart!!!!"

Reviewed May. 25, 2013

"I made this for a family gathering and it was just melt in your mouth fabulous. this was is a keeper"

Reviewed Jan. 31, 2013

"I followed the directions but I added 2 eggs to the cake recipe. I served it for Christmas Desert and everyone loved it!"

Reviewed Jan. 22, 2013

"Maybe it was the sugar content, but my cakes were burning on the bottom and jiggly in the middle. I used parchment paper and prepared as indicated. It was good but the cake was a little dense for my taste."

Reviewed Dec. 28, 2012

"Was hit of Christmas Day party. several people asked for recipe. My daughter is already planning on using it."

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2012

"I cut the recipe in half and made cupcakes (400 degrees for 15 minutes). They were a huge hit!"

Reviewed Nov. 19, 2012

"This was a waste of good ingredients. The cake tastes like raw heavy dough. Would have been good with eggs in it...why no eggs?"

Reviewed Nov. 12, 2012

"I made this cake for our church Thanksgiving diner and it was a BIG hit! People were asking me for the recipe all night. Thanks for sharing this recipe I loved it. I didn't use Tangerine in the frosting because I couldn't find tangerines or tangerine juice so I used orange juice. I didn't use the orange peel either and it was still very, very good! Yummy!!!!"

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